Explore Space During Chicago Free Museum Days

Explore Space During Chicago Free Museum Days

In Chicago, free museum days attract thousands of residents looking to save money while visiting some of the best museums in the country. At three of the museums in the city, guests can explore space and the cosmos on up to 50 free days throughout the year.

Start your journey at the Adler Planetarium where you can immerse yourself in astronomy and humankind’s exploration of our Universe through the centuries. Next, head to The Field Museum to view the impressive collection of meteorites that crashed to Earth. Finally, stop at the Museum of Science and Industry to witness our Space Race journey and where space exploration will take us.

These are the free days at Chicago museums where you can explore space.

The Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium, Chicago

Explore space at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Photo Credit: Sophie Sanchez/ Cosmic Chicago

The Adler Planetarium takes you on a journey through the Solar System and beyond inside the first public planetarium built in North America. The Adler’s shows and exhibits are not only educational, but inspire guests to keep looking up as we explore space.

Not to be missed is Mission Moon, an exhibit that takes you on the journey to the Moon with astronaut Jim Lovell.

2018 Free Days:

“On Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents may also upgrade to an All Access Pass at a discounted price and gain access to the Atwood Sphere Experience and any of our breathtaking sky shows.”

  • January 3, 4, 7-12, 15-19
  • February 2, 5-9, 19-22
  • June 21
  • August 27-31
  • September 9-16
  • October 8, 21, 24, 25
  • November 11, 12, 14, 15
  • December 1, 3-7, 10

Additional information can be found here: Adler Special Offers

The Field Museum

The Field Museum, Chicago

The Field Museum in Chicago has over 30 free admission days in 2018. Photo Credit: Sophie Sanchez/ Cosmic Chicago

Meteorites tell us about the Universe and where they come from. At The Field Museum you can view a large collection of meteorites and learn more about the science that researchers are doing in the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies.  

Meteorite collection at The Field Museum, Chicago

The Field Museum's meteorite collection range in size from dust particles to this specimen that I stood next to for scale. Photo Credit: Sophie Sanchez/Cosmic Chicago

2018 Free Days:

“On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.”

  • January 15, 27, 28
  • February 1-28
  • June 20-22

Museum of Science and Industry

Henry Crown Space Center, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The Apollo 8 module and a Mission Control console are on display in the Henry Crown Space Center at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/Cosmic Chicago

At the Henry Crown Space Center, in MSI, you can view the Apollo 8 module, stand at a section of consoles from Mission Control, and see a real Moon rock. Then make the leap into a mock-up of the International Space Station before learning about the technology and plan to get us to Mars.

Head up to the Aviation Hall and soar into aerospace history where a collection of full sized airplanes are suspended in flight.

2018 Free Days:

“On Illinois Free Days, Museum Entry is free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residency.”

  • January 8–11, 15–18, 22–25, 29–31
  • February 1, 5–8, 12–15, 20–22, 26–27
  • March 14
  • June 4–7, 11–12
  • September 4–6, 10–13, 17–20, 24–27
  • November 12

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